9780632063932

Project Management : Designing Effective Organisational Structures in Construction

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  • ISBN13:

    9780632063932

  • ISBN10:

    0632063939

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-10-22
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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Summary

Organisation structure can make or break the project manager...New forms of organisation are emerging in the construction industry - from partnering to virtual teams. There is a growing need to consider project organisational structures carefully. This book differs from the many other texts on project management by concentrating on the challenges of devising relevant structures for project management.It examines the diverse factors to be considered when determining an initial overall organisation for new construction projects. It also looks at how to vary the organisation in response to the differing environments over the lifetime of a project.In a pragmatic, accessible style, the author has both added to the body of knowledge in this area and provided the project management with a set of effectivemanagement tools to:examine the criteria for designing structures within an organisation identify the factors relevant to the development of an initial project organisation structure assess the significance of an individual factor in the operation of a structure

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix
Preface xiii
Part I Structure Past 1(68)
Searching for the Real Project: the Historical Approach
3(30)
Introduction
3(1)
Information as a production resource
4(9)
Identifying the project nature in system terms
13(7)
Effects on the internal environment
20(7)
The conversion process
27(4)
Conclusions
31(2)
Open System Characteristics in Industrial Terms: Relatively Recent Developments
33(36)
Introduction
33(1)
Energy
34(3)
Throughput
37(7)
Output
44(3)
Event management
47(2)
Entropy and the issue of noise
49(5)
Feedback
54(4)
Steady state
58(3)
Differentiation - further discussion of Case study 1
61(3)
Equifinality
64(3)
Conclusions
67(2)
Part II Structure Present 69(98)
Establishing a Project's Relevant Environmental Forces: Recognise the Relevant -- Ignore Everything Else?
71(41)
Introduction
71(1)
Gathering information
71(5)
Application: a hypothetical project scenario
76(11)
Project objectives and organisation structure
87(9)
Traditional organisation structures
96(8)
Variations on the basic themes
104(3)
Selecting an organisational form
107(2)
Integrated project teams (IPTs)
109(2)
Conclusions
111(1)
Further Factors in a Possible Model for Organisation Structure Design
112(23)
Introduction
112(1)
Changes in the external environment
113(4)
Environments becoming unfavourable
117(4)
Virtual teams
121(6)
Transformational organisation structures
127(7)
Conclusions
134(1)
Control is Not Total
135(32)
Introduction
135(1)
Project boundaries
136(8)
Control of the human resource
144(7)
Caveat emptor
151(14)
Conclusions
165(2)
Part III Structure Future? 167(58)
The Genome Approach
169(28)
Introduction
169(1)
The simplified genome
170(17)
Expanding the start genome
187(9)
Conclusions
196(1)
Taking Up the Options
197(17)
Introduction
197(1)
Required structure characteristics: discussion of Skunkworks
198(1)
Achieving the project-specific genome (PSG)
199(2)
Implementing the structure
201(6)
The learning organisation
207(4)
The humorous organisation
211(1)
Conclusions
212(2)
Future Challenges
214(11)
Introduction
214(2)
The short term
216(2)
The medium term
218(3)
The long term
221(4)
Appendix 1 Glossary of Project Management Terms 225(54)
Appendix 2 Glossary of Structure and Gene Terms 279(2)
References 281(4)
Index 285

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